Northwest Brain Tumor Walk

The Combs-Meade Clan

I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight.  National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!


Hello to all! This is The Combs-Meade Clan's fundraising page for the National Brain Tumor Society. All are welcome to register for our team and all are welcome to support us by donating!



Team messages

If you know me, you know that I'm a brain tumor fighter. When I learned about the NW Brain Tumor Walk going on here in Portland, it was a no-brainer (get it?) that I had to join the cause. In 2013, at the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a tangerine. It was wrapped around my brainstem, my ear canal, and part of my eye. I was falling over, I lost 2 decibels of my hearing, my brain's ability to process what I saw slowed down somewhat, and I had the mentality of a fifth grader. After 33 hours of surgery and 6 weeks of radiation therapy, I made it through.

In 2018, I had to go through surgery and radiation therapy again. I may have to go through chemotherapy in the future. My fight and hearing the stories of others at the walk have inspired me to raise funds to look for a cure. What I'm going through is hard, but there are others that need more help than me. We all deserve a cure, so let's fight!

 To learn more about my story, watch for posts on our facebook fundraiser: Starting April 5th, I'll be posting a new segment of my story each day until the 15th Annual Northwest Brain Tumor Walk.

 - Nicole Meade, team capitan



Cancer sucks! That's why I'm walking with Nicole!

 - Eric Combs, Nicole's grandpa



Watching Nicole fight for her life at such a young age terrified me. How can an otherwise perfectly healthy teen be struck with stomething so terrible? How many others, no matter their age, are struggling too? Watching her persist through her recovery inspired me. I don't know where she draws her strength and perseverence from, but it continues to bubble through her and into all areas of her life. And although she's doing well now, she still deals with complications from the tumor. No one should have to endure what Nicole went through. We need to unite against brain tumors!  We need more awareness, more research, and more funding. We need to join together and find a cure!

 - Gretchen Combs, Nicole's aunt




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National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.

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